Mar 14 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Room 1

New Strategies, Tools, and Resources to Reduce Water Risk in Business

Water is fundamental to business, and its available volume and quality directly impacts the bottom line. A host of new business tools—from ever-improving data sets, to the Sustainable Development Goals—are helping leaders better value water and manage the risk of scarcity. This session will explore the impact of these new tools, how we can best respond to this information, and what it all means to investors.

Mar 14 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Room 2

The Road to Smart Cities is Data Driven

Last year, the World Council on City Data launched the Dubai Declaration, which reaffirmed open and standardized city data as the “universal language of cities.” This session will examine how private sector leaders are partnering with local governments to put this data to work and help ensure urban centres grow increasingly sustainable, smart, inclusive, and prosperous.

Mar 14 2018 11:15am - 11:30am


SPARK Talk – Visions of our Future

Despite being key stakeholders in our clean economy, young people remain on the fringe of the sustainability dialogue. Citing her personal journey , 17 year old Kehkashan emphasizes that it is time for a change in the status quo.

Mar 14 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm


A Responsibility to Disrupt: Insurance and our Changing Climate

Climate change isn’t a future concern. It’s here, today, and showing up in our communities as more frequent, and more intense, storms, floods, and wildfires. According to MunichRe, economic losses associated with extreme weather events in the 1980s were approximately US$ 41 billion (adjusted to 2017 values), and reached US$ 167bn in 2017.

Mar 14 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Room 10

Mindfulness – A Tool for Leaning into Change during Innovative Times

We invite you to attend this session on managing change and the stress that often accompanies times of innovation. By staying attentive and curious about an experience in the present moment and noticing automatic reactions, these reactions can be interrupted: expanding the ability to tolerate uncertainty, build resilience, and problem solve more effectively.

Mar 14 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Room 1

Life’s a Gas: Examining our Poly-Fuel Future

A transition in fuels is underway. While trusted sources continue to evolve and new varieties are entering the market, costs are volatile and the questions about their environmental and economic impacts keep growing. Low and zero-carbon energy is currently in short supply and the technological barriers to its adoption can be daunting.

Mar 14 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Room 2

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Cars Today

It’s still early days, but local governments  are grappling  with the prospect of  Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared (ACES) vehicles. This panel of corporate and government experts will outline the latest thinking on tomorrow’s mobility of the future and what this means for infrastructure, business and policy making.

Mar 14 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm


Climate Leadership and Clean Economy Showcase

Join us for this powerful and inspiring three-part session showcasing leadership in sustainability, climate action and the clean economy.

Ethan Zindler of Bloomberg New Energy Finance will share his expert perspective on the scope of the investment opportunities within growing clean energy markets.

The GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards will be presented by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, GLOBE Series and partners to four exceptional Canadian organizations that are at the forefront of climate change action.

Explorer and advocate Emily Penn closes out the session with an inspiring SPARK talk on how we can collaborate to save our oceans, drawing on her experience at sea for over a decade.

Mar 15 2018 8:30am - 9:45am

Room 2

Dubai Advantage: From Future to Reality

Dubai’s commitment to a smart and sustainable future has transformed the city into a global innovation hub, supported by continued Government investment in physical, digital and soft infrastructure, hosting of the world “EXPO 2020 Dubai” and accelerating the adoption of disruptive technologies, making Dubai the perfect location for foreign companies with equally ambitious expansion or innovative start-up plans.

Mar 15 2018 8:30am - 9:45am

Room 1

Leveraging the Ratings and Rankings of the ESG Ecosystem

Mainstream research firms are expanding their in-house Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) capabilities and introducing a range of new products and offerings. As a result, companies must navigate an increasingly complex system to accurately communicate their performance to the markets and key stakeholders.

Mar 15 2018 10:00am - 11:15am

Room 1

Carbon Pricing: Growing Clubs and Forging Links

Since GLOBE Forum 2016, more than 40 national and sub-national governments have designed or modified their carbon pricing systems. China detailed its national emissions trading scheme, leaders of countries and regions across the Americas signed the “Carbon Pricing in the Americas” declaration, Mexico mandated a national carbon pricing program, and Canadian provincial, territorial, and federal leaders inked the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Mar 15 2018 10:00am - 11:15am

Room 11

Energy Futures Collaboration: Indigenous Partnerships to Drive Social, Economic & Ecological Impact

Across Canada and the world, Indigenous governments and communities are playing an increasingly active role in collaboration on energy projects. The Province of Alberta, for instance, has reserved 300 MW of its upcoming 700 MW renewable-power auction for proposals that include Indigenous equity ownership.

Mar 15 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Room 2

Textiles and Ocean Pollution: Science and Industry Tackle a Global Issue

Ocean plastic pollution represents a global crisis. And microplastics – the tiny particles that make up plastic – contaminate our lakes, rivers and oceans, as well as land-based environments. Recent research suggests that the shedding of microfibres in laundry from synthetic garments may represent a growing contribution to microplastic pollution.

Mar 15 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm

Ballroom B

Digitalization – New Systems New Thinking Driving Sustainability 4.0

In our increasingly digital world, big data, machine learning, material science and other new technologies serve as important tools that catalyze and drive sustainability forward.  But put them together as part of a broader system, and new opportunities emerge that accelerate innovation, increase efficiency, reduce material loss and protect human health.

Mar 15 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Room 1

Green Dragons and Entrepreneurial States: Combining Public and Private Initiative to Unleash Clean Innovation

Clean innovation is critical to the competitiveness of every sector, but unleashing it isn’t easy. It takes a smart mix of private initiative, far-sighted investment, and entrepreneurial government action. A venture capitalist (and dragon), a resource/cleantech CEO, a policy entrepreneur, and an international economic expert share the latest global thinking and business insights on how to build a cleaner, smarter economy.

Mar 15 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Room 8

Energy Reimagined: Rethinking Business Strategies to Navigate the Transition

Traditional business and operating models in all sectors are adapting to an evolving energy ecosystem. New businesses and operating systems will emerge across the value chain, covering all facets of energy production, transportation, consumption and conservation.

Moderated by EY, this workshop will feature panellists from a variety of sectors to share lessons learned. In breakout sessions, we’ll also explore:

– What will the critical impacts of the energy transition on Canada’s business community be, and how can businesses win given the future of energy?

– What environmental and technological drivers will shape the new energy ecosystem?

– How can we move to a model that is more inclusive, affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable?

– How do we make the energy future an investable value proposition?

– What role will the financial sector and proceeds from carbon pricing schemes play?

Mar 15 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Room 1

Clean Technology in Canada: Public Sector Support for Innovation

With its 2017 budget, the Government of Canada began an audacious economic renewal initiative. The new Innovation and Skills Plan prioritizes innovation in clean technology and high technology. The strategy aims to improve access to financing, encourage investment, grow exports and support technology demonstration.

Mar 16 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

Room 8

Attracting Foreign Direct Investment: Leveraging Canadian Capacity in a Globally Competitive Market

Demand for clean technology and expertise is growing around the world. Canada is positioning itself to be a leader in the production of competitive technologies. To foster sector growth, innovation and economic development, Canada is set to attract international investment.

Mar 16 2018 10:00am - 10:15am


SPARK Talk – By Endurance we Conquer

Tim shares the lessons learned from his journey to retrace the expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton that he applies to achieving environmental outcomes, his insights into the kind of leadership Shackleton stood for, and how it can be applied to an issue like climate change.

Mar 16 2018 10:30am - 11:30am

Room 2

Turning Tides: Mitigating Ocean Plastics From All Angles

Each year, approximately eight million tonnes of plastic packaging makes its way from retail and other industries into our oceans. Global plastics production is expected to double in the next decade. As a global community, we’ve only just begun to address some of the low-hanging fruit, such as microbeads. What’s next?

Mar 16 2018 10:30am - 11:45am

Room 11

Skills Innovation: Navigating the Shifting Economy

An organization is only as good as the people it trains, attracts, and retains—and the same adage applies to entire economies. As the world shifts to a clean, technologically advanced economy, how can Canadian business leverage its strengths, build the skills and expertise of its people, and grow our climate of innovation to effectively compete on the world stage?

Mar 16 2018 11:45am - 1:30pm


The World Energy Outlook and Closing Townhall

Leading governments and the largest companies in the world consider the International Energy Agency’s modeling and research the gold standard. The Paris-based agency’s work informs policy-making, planning and major infrastructure investment decisions, and has also identified sustainable development pathways.